Ben Davis High School Teacher Dennis Goins Receives Mentoring Award

Dennis Goins, performing arts department chair at Ben Davis High School, has been named a Mentor of the Year as part of the 2019 Inspire Awards. The awards, presented by Verizon, celebrate outstanding mentors in the community. Mr. Goins was named Mentor of the Year in the award’s Education, Government, and Nonprofit category.

 Jon Easter, radio/broadcasting teacher at Ben Davis, nominated Mr. Goins for the award. “He has the gift of understanding what each student needs from him,” Mr. Easter says. “He tells us that his students do not care what he knows until they know ‘how much I care.’”

The 2019 Inspire Awards mark ten years of celebrating mentoring in the workplace and community, and benefit a volunteer organization in Indianapolis called College Mentors for Kids. The organization’s mentoring program operates on 34 college and university campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.